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Old March 22nd, 2010, 11:39 AM   #481
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Commercial Port, Trade and Service




The History of Foundation and Development

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Old March 22nd, 2010, 11:47 AM   #482
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Corridors and hallways are lined with ethnic or historical pieces.









The second floor lobby.




The second floor is devoted to Vietnam's long struggle against imperialism.






Many obligatory engines of war, including a Huey helicopter, a jet fighter, nd an American-built tank can be seen on display outside.

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 11:02 AM   #483
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STREET VENDING IN SAIGON

The streets of Saigon are also active with traders on foot selling anything from bottled water, coconut juice, native delicacies, souvenir items, etc. At times, some of them are too persistent that you will just give in and buy something.













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Old March 23rd, 2010, 11:09 AM   #484
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:03 PM   #485
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Great pics! The spaghetti wires are interesting, imagine finding the one you need to replace or repair. LOL!
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Very nice photos and from Saigon
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REUNIFICATION HALL

Set on well-maintained and spacious grounds, this historic building is a prominent symbol of the country's political history. During the 19th century, the Reunification Hall was the site of Norodom Palace, former residence of the French governor general. In 1962, much of the structure was destroyed by an air force bombing during an assassination attempt of then President Diem. The building was rebuilt soon after, but Diem was killed before he can move in.








War time battle tanks on the sides...

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Today, the interior remains largely unchanged, with high and wide corridors that open onto cavernous lobbies and reception rooms.











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Gallery






Function hall




Patio




An old presidential chopper displayed at the roof deck helipad



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In the basement is a bunker and military operations center during the Vietnam War.











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The combat duty bedroom of the war-time President




The war room of the President




Replica of the President's jeep




Old Presidential car

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Very interesting!

Your photos certainly bring out the best I've seen of Vietnam! Didn't know it was such an interesting country.
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Thanks diz.
It was a very short visit... only a day to roam around.
There's a lot more to Saigon which I haven't captured.
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MODERN SAIGON

Ho Chi Minh City has been steadily transforming into a bustling cosmopolitan city. Today, modern high-rise hotels and office buildings stands high and proud alongside colonial and historical buildings which recall the city's checkered but vibrant past.











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Socialism is still very much alive in Saigon




Some old and deteriorating buildings provide contrast to the new steel and glass structures of the city.











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Socialism is still very much alive in Saigon




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Pocket greeneries and landscaped public areas give the city a refreshing look









COMING UP NEXT... SIEM REAP & CAMBODIA'S ANCIENT URBAN SPRAWL
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